The UFC is in a dilemma with its middleweight champion. Silva is 34-4 and is 15-0 in the UFC, 14 of those wins are via stoppage. Simply put Silva is a beast and has essentially cleaned out his division. Not only is he beating every opponent that the UFC serves up to him, he’s destroying them.
I find it eerily similar to Mike Tyson when Tyson was in his prime. Not only was Tyson beating all of his opponents he was brutally beating them. In fact that is why Tyson fought Buster Douglass in Japan in 1990. Tyson’s pay for views had dropped because fans were no longer paying to watch Tyson murder another hapless victim. His promotion decided to fight him in Japan where the pay for view buy rate would be higher than in the United States and the rest is history so to speak.
There is talk of Chris Weidman fighting Silva, Weidman is an exceptionally tough and talented fighter but he’s simply not ready at 9-0 (5-0 in the UFC)to fight Silva. For the love of God, Silva has more wins in the UFC alone than Weidman has in his career! Is the UFC really going to feed to Silva one of their best up and coming prospects (Weidman)? And more importantly will anyone care to watch that fight?
Will the UFC set up a fight between Silva and Jon Jones? Never. Jones is too big for Silva and the UFC would never risk the marquee value of Jones by having him possibly lose to Silva. Will Silva fight GSP at a catch weight? Possibly. GSP’s popularity with the fans has dropped because of his conservative style of fighting. If the money is right GSP might agree to a fight with Silva.
The UFC needs to figure out what to do and do it soon because it’s only a matter of time before Silva becomes demotivated by fighting guys that are not his caliber and then whamo…you’ll have an upset the likes of which has not been seen since an unknown fighter named Buster Douglass KO’d the baddest man on Earth at the time…Mike Tyson